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Old 04-24-2006, 02:16 AM   #1
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$1.5 DVDs from Warner ... a new trend?

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Warner Home Video has begun trial sales in China of a movie DVD priced at just Rmb12 ($1.50), a move likely to anger consumers in developed markets such as Europe and the US, who typically pay $20-$30 for a recently released film on DVD.
So maybe all the DRM and piracy thread posters can take a minute to savor in this moment ... before asking their Chinese friends to send them a copy of the $1.50 DVDs.
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Old 04-24-2006, 05:19 AM   #2
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I wish it was a "new trend."

Where is the global market every entrepreneur likes to talk about, when you see prices for retail DVDs to be up to 95% cheaper in China than anywhere elsewhere?
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Old 04-24-2006, 05:53 AM   #3
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You have to look at it in a slightly more complex light i'm afraid.

A worker in China get's paid about one tenth of the amount the same worker would get paid here in Germany (at least that's the number I was told). Selling a 30 Euro DVD in China would therfore mean selling a 300 Euro DVD here...rather unrealistic...I think you will agree...

The other problem however is, that most stuff these days is produced in countries like China where labour is very cheap, but still sold for a lot of money in the countries where labour is espensive (and unemployment is rising because of just that).

So you'd have to make some kind of "standard". You can't ask people in German to work "cheaper" (say like in Poland) while still trying to sell stuff to them for the full price. This is where the companies today are playing a very sick game in my opinion. Producing in "cheap" countries and selling in "expensive" countries might sound like a good idea, but on the whole it doens't make the poor countries richer and it DOES make the "normal people" in the rich countries poorer.

Put the prices on comparable levels and you can make labour comparable too, and nobody would have any reason to complain. You have to calculate the money's worth, not it's pure "value on paper" when comparing, which is exactly what is going wrong at the moment.
Saying things like "this IT specialist from Poland works for 1000 Euro, so why do you want 4000?" can't work because those 1000 are worht a lot more in Poland than they are in Germany, maybe even more than the 4000...

sorry about the rant...but this is bothering me big-time
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Yeah, its wierd. So maybe piracy do have a role to play in content-related industries ... like ebooks industries.
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